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After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet)
By Jérôme Patoux
Posted April 20, 2007

Danish cinema is full of surprises. It is so simple in its form, yet so rich and complicated in its multiple layers of psychology and social commentary. It makes you want to be more intimate with the Danish culture and society, only to be able to appreciate more deeply the nuances and subtleties of its characters and situations. 

In Susanne Bier’s (the director) own words, “After the Wedding is a film about secrets.” It is about hidden truths, about the weight of the past and the fears of the future. It is about life and death. And it is about love. The blind kind, that leaves us astray and wandering, and the universal kind, resplendent in all its humanity. 

You don’t need to know anything about the story; it would spoil the movie. The first ten minutes are reminiscent of Festen – and it truly competes in the same category of excellence. But the script takes a life of its own and will leave you guessing at each turn. Susanne Bier worked with screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, renown for his originality and several times recipient of OscarÒ nominations and awards (he wrote, notably, Adam’s Apples and Mifune). 

Finally, After the Wedding is simply well acted. James Bond aficionados will recognize Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre in the recent Casino Royale. Mikkelsen is a rising star of the Danish New Wave cinema and has gone international in the last ten years. But even more impressive is Rolf Lassgard’s performance as a middle-age man struggling to maintain his dignity in confronting his fate.

Plays at the Landmark Egyptian Theatre
805 East Pine, Seattle, WA - (206) 781-5755
1:45  4:15  7:00  9:30



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